SUNNYVALE, CA, May 10, 2001 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) announced today that it has filed a complaint for patent infringement against Viking Components, Inc. SanDisk filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, which seeks damages and an injunction against Viking Components from making, selling or importing all Viking CompactFlash™ cards that use controllers incorporated in CompactFlash cards that were found to infringe SanDisk's U.S. Patent No. 5,602,987 in a previous lawsuit filed by SanDisk against Lexar Media, Inc.
SanDisk initiated the proceedings against Viking Components after discovering that Viking's CompactFlash cards use the same controllers that were found in the infringing CompactFlash cards. SanDisk is seeking past damages and an injunction against further sales of Viking CompactFlash cards that incorporate these same controllers.
Charles Van Orden, vice president and general counsel for SanDisk, stated, "SanDisk informed Viking Components of the potential issues raised by its use of the Lexar Media controllers in Viking's CompactFlash products. SanDisk also attempted to engage Viking Components in discussions regarding a license in order to amicably resolve the matter. Viking, however, failed to provide any substantive response, and SanDisk was compelled to file the legal action. SanDisk aggressively enforces its intellectual property rights, especially in cases where a product, or an integral component thereof, has already been found by a federal court to infringe SanDisk's intellectual property."
SanDisk Corporation, the world's largest supplier of flash data storage products, designs, manufactures and markets industry-standard, solid-state data, digital imaging and audio storage products using its patented, high density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is based in Sunnyvale, CA.
The matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary. These forward-looking statements include statements related to SanDisk's patent litigation with Viking Components and SanDisk's ability to protect its intellectual property rights. These risks include that if SanDisk is unable to adequately protect its intellectual property, one or more of its competitors could gain access to its technology, which could harm its ability to successfully compete. Other risks are contained "Factors That May Affect Future Results" in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.
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